Pre-College Programs

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NC State’s Pre-College Summer Programs through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions are an initiative geared towards North Carolina’s historically underrepresented student populations. Throughout the program, students will interact with NC State admissions representatives, faculty, staff and alumni, participate in college preparation workshops, and engage in sessions pertaining to their cultural community with the goal of walking away feeling more prepared for the college application process and university experience and feel a strong sense of community.

The first week consists of general sessions for the whole group, and the second week is program-specific for Emerging Scholars Academy, Native Education Forum and CAMINOS: Your Journey to College. This allows participants to engage with each other to further connect with their cultural identity and develop a sense of community.

You can view the welcome packet that was sent in the mail here.

  • General Sessions (June 14 to June 18)
    Session 1: 1 to 2 p.m.
    Session 2: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Program-Specific Sessions (June 21 to 24)
    Session 1: 1 to 2 p.m.
    Session 2: 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.
  • Closing Session (June 25)
    1 to 2:30 p.m.

Links for each session will be sent to registered participants by email on the day of the session. Contact Justin Richardson at justin_richardson@ncsu.edu with any questions.

General Sessions

Thursday, June 10

Parent Opening Session

Welcome to our Pre-College Summer Programs! This session will allow you to meet our staff and receive information about the two week summer program. We will also have a breakout session in Spanish.

¡Bienvenidos a nuestros programas de verano de preparación para la universidad! Tendrán la oportunidad de conocer a nuestros representantes de admisiones y recibirán información acerca del programa. Se ofrecerá esta sesión en inglés y español.

Monday, June 14

Session 1: Student Opening Ceremony

We’re excited to spend these two weeks together! The student opening ceremony will provide you with more information about what to expect during the program.

Session 2: Preparing for College: Beginning Your College Search

As you begin to think about your college search, join our admissions staff to hear about finding schools that could be a good fit for you and how to prepare for the application process.

Tuesday, June 15

Session 1: Know Your Worth and Grow Your Value

Guest Speaker: Dr. Thomas Witherspoon

Dr. Thomas Witherspoon from NC State University’s Campus Community Centers will be joining us to discuss self-esteem and how to maximize your own confidence within the realm of higher education.

Dr. Thomas Witherspoon works in the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity as the Senior Director of Campus Community Centers. Previously, he served as the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion to promote an inclusive learning community. As an educator with over 15 years of experience in administration, advocacy, and facilitation, Dr. Witherspoon prides himself on being a first-generation college graduate. He has received prestigious fellowships from The College Board and Pahara NextGen. Thomas holds a Doctorate of Education from New England College, a Masters of Art in Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Denison University.

Learn more about Dr. Witherspoon here.

Session 2: Telling Your Story: How to Approach the College Application Essay

The essay is the most unique part of your application! Our admissions staff will provide you with tips on how to tell your story.

Wednesday, June 16

Session 1: Meet an Alumni – Chat with Gino

Guest Speaker: Gino Fernandes

Join NC State alumnus Gino Fernandes as he discusses his journey at NC State and how he was able to combine his personal and professional passions within his college experience: Microbiology and music.

Gino is a microbiologist at NSI Lab Solutions and CEO and recording artist for Callisto Records L.L.C. He received his bachelors degree in Microbiology with a minor in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 2020. He has interned and worked at large pharmaceutical companies and has been releasing and performing live music as “King Gino” since 2017. He has multiple albums and songs on major platforms and video games, including Fortnite.

Session 2: Student Life: What to Expect on a College Campus

What you do outside of the classroom can be just as important as what you do inside of it. Learn about different opportunities available to you while you’re on campus to enhance your college experience.

Thursday, June 17

Session 1: Voices of North Carolina: Language and Linguistics

Guest Speaker: Dr. Walt Wolfram

Join us as we hear from NC State faculty member, Dr. Walt Wolfram, as he discusses history and patterns of language and linguistics within different communities in North Carolina.

Walt Wolfram is a professor at North Carolina State University who has pioneered research on social and ethnic dialects since the 1960s. He has published 23 books and more than 300 articles. Over the last two decades, he and his students have conducted more than 3,500 sociolinguistic interviews with residents of North Carolina and beyond. He has received numerous awards, including the North Carolina Award (the highest award given to a citizen of North Carolina). He has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and served as President of the Linguistic Society of America, the American Dialect Society, and the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics.

Learn more about Dr. Walt Wolfram here.

Session 2: The Other Side of the Table: Mock Application Review

What goes into the review of your application? In this session, you’ll be able to review sample applications and make your own admissions decisions on them.

Friday, June 18

Session 1: Meet an Alumni – Chat with Jasmine

Guest Speaker: Jasmine Jarvis

NC State College of Engineering alumna Jasmine Jarvis joins us to discuss her journey at NC State and her trajectory towards her current position at Apple.

Jasmine Jarvis received her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Computer and Electrical Engineering, as well as a Minor in Psychology from North Carolina State University in 2012. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2017. After her MBA graduation, Jasmine took a role as a Corporate Recruiter for Apple and launched her new business venture TECHnicallyFemale: An Instagram community empowering women of all ages interested in science, technology, engineering, & mathematics (STEM). She currently supports Recruiting @ Apple as a Diversity Recruiting Business Partner for the Hardware and University Relations recruiting teams and is in her eleventh year in tech.

Learn more about Jasmine here.

Session 2: Youth Advocacy and Empowerment

Guest Speaker: Dr. Maru Gonzalez

NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty member Dr. Maru Gonzalez joins us to speak about how to use your voice for change and for advocacy.

Maru Gonzalez is an Assistant Professor and Youth Development Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences at North Carolina State University. Her areas of inquiry include youth development with a focus on activism, critical positive youth development, and the experiences of LGBTQ+ young people across familial, school, and community contexts. Currently, Dr. Gonzalez is Program Director for #PassTheMicYouth, a youth-led podcast and blog which aims to amplify youth voices, shine a spotlight on youth activism, and provide educators with resources for cultivating critical consciousness.

Dr. Gonzalez has collaborated with policy makers, students, and educators in Chile, Peru, Spain, and the Dominican Republic on initiatives aimed at cultivating more respectful and affirming schools in the region. She has also served as a regular guest commentator on CNN and CNN Español and frequently contributes to The Huffington Post.

Learn more about Dr. Gonzalez here.

Thursday, June 24

Parent Closing Session

Guest Speakers: College Foundation of North Carolina – Sarita Broadway and Juana Hernandez

We’ve enjoyed these last two weeks with your student! The College Foundation of North Carolina will join us to discuss how to prepare for the financial aid and scholarship processes that accompany the college application process. This session will also be held in Spanish.

¡Hemos disfrutado estas últimas semanas con su estudiante! El College Foundation of North Carolina nos acompañará para hablar sobre la ayuda financiera y cómo se pueden preparar para el proceso.

Friday, June 25

Session 1: Closing Session

Guest Speaker: Dr. Thomas Easley

While our program may be over, your work is just beginning. Yale University’s Dr. Thomas Easley will be the keynote speaker for our final discussion to inspire you to move forward with using your voice.

Dr. Easley received his Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical in Science, a Masters degree from Iowa State University in Forest Genetics, a Doctorate degree from North Carolina State in Adult Education. These credentials led him to become involved in educating the youth in the wonders of the environment and essentials of sustaining and preserving the earth’s greatest asset.

Through his artistic moniker RaShad Eas he has been cooperatively producing music and lyrics as well as performing concerts for quite some time and has even incorporated it sometime in the delivery of his lectures in the school environment. He has been featured on “The Weather Channel” and “The Talk” – engaging people on Urban, Relational, and Environmental issues. Dr. Easley previously held the role of Director of the Community for Diversity in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. He now works at Yale University as Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion in the School of the Environment.

Program-Specific Agendas

Monday, June 21

Session 1: Finding Your Place on a College Campus

Guest Speaker: Hanna Amme

College is a place to discover who you are and what you’re interested in. Join Hanna Amme from NC State’s African American Cultural Center as she discusses the importance of finding a place to be your authentic self during your time as undergraduate students.

Session 2: Knowing Your “Why”

Guest Speaker: Dr. Terrance Ruth

Your voice is important – we want you to know how to use it. Join NC State School of Social Work faculty member Dr. Terrance Ruth as he discusses finding your passions and how you can use your voice for change.

Tuesday, June 22

Session 1: Finding your Campus Community

In college, you’ll have the freedom to explore any and all aspects of your identity and interests through different resources, opportunities, and people you’ll meet along the way. Join some of our student leaders to discuss how they found community on campus.

Session 2: Meet an Alumni – Chat with Germanee

Guest Speaker: Germanee Gerald

NC State Wilson College of Textiles alumna Germanee Gerald will discuss her journey at NC State, her experiences working in a corporate environment, and creating her own styling business.

Wednesday, June 23

Session 1: STEM Innovations in Emerging Societies

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kanton Reynolds

Join NC State College of Engineering faculty member Dr. Kanton Reynolds as he discusses scientists of color who have made significant contributions to the evolution of our technology and infrastructure.

Session 2: A Community Within: Participant Meet & Greet

We’ve spent some time talking about building community on a college campus, but now we want you to get to know each other and build community among yourselves. Get ready for some fun team-building activities!

Thursday, June 24

Session 1: A Deep Dive into Our Differences

Guest Speaker: Jameco Mackenzie

During college, you’ll encounter experiences different from what you may be used to. Join Jameco Mackenzie from NC State University Housing to understand culture, navigate differences, and how these might impact your future college experiences.

Session 2: Advocating for Yourself in your College Application

Your college application should be used to paint a picture of who you are and what you’ve done. Join our admissions representatives to talk about how to best advocate for yourself when applying to colleges.

Monday, June 21

Session 1: Finding Your Campus Community

In college, you’ll have the freedom to explore any and all aspects of your identity and interests through different resources, opportunities, and people you’ll meet along the way. Join some of our student leaders to discuss how they found community on campus.

Session 2: Knowing Your “Why”

Guest Speaker: Jocelyn Painter

What drives you, and how can you use that interest for change? NC State Ph.D. student, Jocelyn Painter, will discuss incorporating your interests into an academic degree and advocating for issues you’re passionate about.

Tuesday, June 22

Session 1: Exploring Career Opportunities

Guest Speaker: Marcy Bullock

There’s more out there than you may realize, and we want you to start thinking of what your future may hold. Join NC State’s Career Development Center to learn more about how to explore career opportunities.

Session 2: The Environmental Impacts on Indigenous Communities

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ryan Emanuel

During this session, NC State’s College of Natural Resources’ Dr. Ryan Emanuel will discuss the impact of environmental change within and through the lens of tribal communities.

Wednesday, June 23

Session 1: Center for Native American Youth

Your voice is important – we want you to know how to use it. Join Washington DC’s Center for Native American Youth as they discuss how to be a leader in your tribal community, giving back and making an impact.

Session 2: A Deep Dive into Our Differences

Guest Speaker: Jameco Mackenzie

During college, you’ll encounter experiences different from what you may be used to. Join Jameco Mackenzie from NC State University Housing to understand culture, navigate differences, and how these might impact your future college experiences.

Thursday, June 24

Session 1: Do What You Love: Finding Your Passion

Guest Speaker: Tayah Butler

Your interests are an important part of who you are and what you do. Join Tayah Butler from NC State’s Poole College of Management to reflect on finding your purpose and pursuing your interests in an academic setting.

Session 2: Advocating for Yourself in your College Application

Your college application should be used to paint a picture of who you are and what you’ve done. Join our admissions representatives to talk about how to best advocate for yourself when applying to colleges.

Monday, June 21

Session 1: Latinx in Higher Education

Guest Speakers: Alexander Valencia, Victor Betts, Lara Fountaine, and Marcela Torres-Cervantes

Our introductory session into the CAMINOS focus week will welcome you to the program! Staff from NC State Libraries will cover the history of Latinxs within higher education in the United States.

Session 2: Knowing Your “Why”

Guest Speaker: Irene Godinez

Irene Godinez, executive director of Poder NC, will join us to discuss how you can identify issues you are passionate about and how you can use your voice for change.

Tuesday, June 22

Session 1: Meet an Alumni: Chat with Aarón

Guest Speaker: Aarón Sanchez-Guerra

Aarón Sánchez-Guerra, an alumnus from NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, will join us to discuss his college journey and his current professional role as a journalist for The News and Observer.

Session 2: Encontrando Tu Comunidad

In college, you’ll have the freedom to explore any and all aspects of your identity and interests through different resources, opportunities, and people you’ll meet along the way. Join some of our Latinx student leaders to discuss how they found community on campus.

Wednesday, June 23

Session 1: Meet an Alumni: Chat with Lisbeth

Guest Speaker: Lisbeth Carolina Arias

Lisbeth Arias, an alumna from NC State’s Wilson College of Textiles, will join us to discuss her college journey and the creation of Descalza, her fashion company that works with artisans from North Carolina, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Session 2: Exploring Career Opportunities

Guest Speaker: Marcy Bullock

There’s more out there than you may realize, and we want you to start thinking of what your future may hold. Join NC State’s Career Development Center to learn more about how to explore career opportunities.

Thursday, June 24

Session 1: Advocating for Yourself in your College Application

Your college application should be used to paint a picture of who you are and what you’ve done. Join our admissions representatives to talk about how to best advocate for yourself when applying to colleges.

Session 2: Talking To Your Parents About College

We understand that the decisions you make are often family-oriented, as el familialismo is a common value in the Latinx culture. We want to empower you with the vocabulary and context that can help you with talking to your parents about college and your next steps.